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Daily Brief: Monday, Nov. 17th, 2014

In the Know

Minnesota DFL
Nov. 17, 2014

Events today
·         10:00 a.m. – Gov. Dayton will hold a Minnesota Rail Summit with industry leaders, key cabinet members, elected officials and other stakeholders. Following the Rail Summit, Gov. Dayton will take questions from media outside the Skjegstad Room at the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue.
·         11:00 a.m. – Scott Leitz, CEO of MNSure, will hold a media availability at 11AM to field questions and share updates about the beginning of the 2015 Open Enrollment period.
·         1:00 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will chair the Advisory Committee on Capitol Security.
2014 Election
Al Franken Was Liberal Enough, Tough Enough, and Doggone It, People Reelected Him, Mother Jones
Initial tally shows TV, radio political ads cost $40 million in Minnesota, Star Tribune

With the mid-term election over, Center CEO Brad Finstad and Jim talk about the influence rural Minnesota had on the election and will continue to have for at least the next two years (Part 1), (Part 2), Center for Rural Policy and Development

The angst is rising on Capitol Hill, Politico
Scott Walker’s food stamp drug testing plan is illegal and (probably) unconstitutional, Vox
GOP victory: Game over for the climate?, Washington Post

Forbes: Minnesota 9th in nation for being business-friendly; N.D. No. 2, Star Tribune
Obama’s Immigration Plan Could Grant Papers to Millions, at least for Now, NY Times
The political upside of Obama’s immigration plan, Vox
Reagan, Bush also acted alone to shield immigrants, AP
State Legislature
Rep. Joyce Peppin, new majority leader, tries a delicate balance, Star Tribune
Constitutional Officers
District courtrooms across Minnesota seeing unprecedented influx of new judges, Star Tribune
Early voting, June primary top Secretary of State-elect’s wish list, AP
MNsure enrollment off to smooth start, officials say, AP
Second MNsure enrollment begins smoothly, MPR
Affordable Care Act
Some Hiccups, but Federal Health Exchange Website Is in Good Health, NY Times
Grubergate is really Obamacaregate, Vox
Obama dismisses renewed criticism of health-care law in wake of Gruber video, Washington Post
The Jon Gruber controversy and what it means for Obamacare, explained, Vox
Congressional delegation
Emmer gets oriented in D.C., MPR
Bachmann’s replacement not ready to make waves, SC Times
Sen. Franken: Sen. Cruz has net neutrality “completely wrong”, CNN
Franken: Cruz ‘completely wrong’ on net neutrality, Politico
7 women to watch in the new Congress, Washington Post
Iraq and Afghanistan vets group backs Walz for VA leader, Star Tribune

Minnesota National Guard Soldiers to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Minnesota National Guard
When Government Succeeds, NY Times
In defense of the Met Council, MinnPost

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